Braised Hoisin Beer Short Ribs

Member at Hope Lutheran Church in Toronto, Ontario
Course Main Course


  • 3 lbs beef short ribs about 10 ribs
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 10-12 garlic cloves smashed
  • 1 piece ginger peeled and sliced in 1/4 inch slices
  • 12 oz good ale recommended: Bass
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 cup hoisin sauce


  • Season the ribs generously with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy pot with a lid over high heat.
  • Brown the ribs on all sides, in batches if necessary.
  • Remove the ribs and pour off all but a couple tablespoons of the rendered fat.
  • Return the pot to the stove, lower heat to medium and saute the garlic and ginger for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the ribs back to the pot.
  • Add the beer and the vinegar.
  • Stir and then cover and simmer for 2.5 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Pour the hoisin sauce over the ribs, move the pot to the oven, and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  • Remove ribs and ginger from the sauce.
  • Strain fat from the top of the pat so that you're left with just the good stuff.



Little Texas Cornbread

Ashley Boushek - Home Missionary Wife in Sienna, TX
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can cream-style corn 8.25 ounce can
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can chopped green chilis drained, 4 ounces


  • In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, cheese and baking powder. In another bowl, combine the eggs, corn, sour cream, oil and chilies. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  • Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers.



Texas Chili

Ashley Boushek - Home Missionary Wife in Sienna, TX
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 2 dried Ancho chilies
  • 2 dried Guajillo chilies
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp masa flour
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 lbs beef chuck roast cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 3 cups beef stock divided 1 cup and 2 cups
  • 1 bottle Shiner Black Lager or Shiner Bock 12 fl. oz
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar


  • Cut the stems off the dried chilies and remove all of the seeds. Place them in a blender with 1 cup of warm beef stock. Cover the blender and let them soak in the beef stock for 30 minutes.
  • While the dried chilies are soaking, cut the beef chuck roast into 1/2 inch cubes and dice the white onion and jalapeños.
  • In a bowl, mix together the chili powder, paprika, ground cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano, masa flour, ground cinnamon, cocoa powder, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  • After 30 minutes, puree the chilies and beef stock together to create a homemade chili paste. Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a medium cast-iron Dutch oven. Brown the beef chuck cubes on all sides. If there is not enough room in the Dutch oven, brown the beef chuck cubes in batches. Do not remove the brown buts or liquid from the Dutch oven - this has all the flavor and will be used for the Texas Chili. Remove the browned beef chuck and set aside.
  • Using the remaining liquid in the saucepan, sauté the onions till translucent. Then add the diced jalapeños.
  • Deglaze the Dutch oven by adding the Shiner beer, remaining 2 cups of beef stock, and apple cider vinegar. Then scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula to get all the bits of flavor incorporated.
  • Add the beef chuck back into the Dutch oven along with the homemade chili paste, dry ingredient mix, and brown sugar. Mix all of the ingredients together and bring to a boil.
  • Once it comes to a boil, lower the heat, slightly cover the Dutch oven, and simmer for 2 - 2.5 hours or until the beef chuck is tender. Make sure you stir the Texas Chili occasionally.



Apple Cinnamon Quick Bread

Henrich Family - Home Missionary family in Toronto, Ontario
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American


For the Bread

  • 3 cups apples diced
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce or vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Streusel

  • 5 tbsp softened butter salted
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


To make the bread

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and lightly spray 9x5 loaf pans with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • Peel your apples and dice into small pieces.
  • In a medium bowl, add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt and whisk together.
  • In another large bowl, add the applesauce (or vegetable oil), eggs, sugars, and vanilla and mix with a whisk until fully combined.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in batches (three parts) and stir with a spatula until fully combined. The batter will be very thick.
  • Stir in diced apples.
  • Pour half of the batter into each prepared loaf pan - try to keep the amounts even.

To make the streusel

  • In a small bowl, add the softened butter, cinnamon, and sugar and mix together with a fork. Drop the streusel mixture onto the tops of the batter and lightly swirl.
  • Bake for 1 hour then check on your loaves. Insert a toothpick into the center - if it comes out clean, with moist crumbs, your bread is done.
  • Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then lightly run a knife around the edges to loosen. Flip onto a plate, slice and enjoy.